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Showing posts from May, 2012

1977 Parade of Homes

In 1977, twelve Ottawa builders got together and created a parade of 17 homes in Barrhaven. Both large builders and smaller custom builders showcased the best of their designs. While some of the designs were built in great numbers elsewhere in the city, some of the houses are one-of-a-kind. Below are a series of pages from the brochure that was published for the parade.

Fifty feet of floor plans!

I was admiring my floor plan collection over the long weekend and I wondered how high the pile would be if I laid each plan flat, one on top of the other. The answer: 50 feet! And that is not including the 4 feet worth of floor plan books and all of the digital files of scanned plans I have - probably another 4 feet. In addition, I have about 2 feet worth of my own floor plans which I have been drawing as a hobby for the past 20 years. So, really it is close to 60 feet worth of floor plans. That is roughly as tall as the Central Chambers building at the corner of Elgin Street and Queen Street.

That is a lot of floor plans! But I love them and am constantly on the hunt to find more. If you know of anyone who has floor plans from the 1980s or older that they want to donate to my collection (or at least let me make copies) - please let me know!

Favourite Plans - Blackburn Hamlet & Orleans

I did not forget you east enders! This latest instalment of my favourite (and most interesting) plans will focus on Blackburn Hamlet and Orleans.
Blackburn Hamlet: